How we are run

Our management and board

We are managed by a senior management team of four, who report to our board. Our board consists of up to 14 trustees, with eight elected by members and six appointed by the board. The board agrees strategy and is accountable to our members. Operational matters are delegated to our director.

Our Senior Management Team
Sharon Heal
Director

Sharon provides the strategic leadership and vision for the organisation and for the successful delivery of the our strategic framework.

William Adams
Deputy Director

Will is responsible for business strategy and trading activities, including membership, marketing, sales, website, directories and member communications.

Simon Stephens
Head of Publications and Events

Simon edits Museums Journal, oversees online editorial content and programmes the MA’s annual conference, one-day conferences and members’ meetings.

Neil Mackay
Head of Finance and Resources

Neil leads our finance, human resources, and information technology functions, as well as our trusts and funds.

Our Board
Maggie Appleton
President

Maggie has been a board member since 2013, having served as Vice President and now President. She is Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Air Force Museum.

Gillian Findlay
Vice President

Gillian has been a board member since 2017 and Vice President since 2019. She is Curatorial and Engagement Manager at Museums Galleries Edinburgh.

Heather Lees
Treasurer

Heather has been a board member since 2017. She is an Interim Finance Director.

Alex Bird

Alex has been a board member since 2016. He is Sector Development Officer at Museum Development North West.

Simon Brown

Simon has been a board member since 2016. He is Curator at Newstead Abbey, and Project Curator at the National Justice Museum.

Stella Byrne

Stella has been a board member since 2020. She is the Investment Manager for The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Northern Ireland.

Dianna Djokey

Dianna has been a board member since 2019. She is Communities Curator at the John Hansard Gallery.

Heledd Fychan

Heledd has been a board member since 2016. She is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Steve Miller

Steve has been a board member since 2019. He is the Director of Culture & Heritage at Norfolk County Council.

Rachael Minott

Rachael has been a board member since 2018. She is Inclusion and Change Manager at the National Archives.

Dhikshana Pering

Dhikshana has been a board member since 2016. She is Head of Engagement & Skills at Somerset House.

Kim Streets

Kim has been a board member since 2019. She is Chief Executive at Museums Sheffield.

Michael Terwey

Michael has been a board member since 2020. He is Head of Heritage Services and Consultancy at National Trust for Scotland.

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